Amy Klobuchar rejects idea that moderate Dems are trying to crush Sanders
A day after endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for president, Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Tuesday rejected the notion that she and other Democrats are trying to crush Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“You want a candidate that not just builds a coalition of fired-up Democrats, which we’ve got, but also brings in independents, moderate Republicans. That’s how we won back the House of Representatives, and that’s what Joe Biden can do,” Klobuchar said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on “TODAY” as voters head to the polls on Super Tuesday when 14 states and American Samoa hold primary contests.
“I don’t look at the mayor and Beto O’Rourke and myself as establishment. I look at us as new leaders for the party, fresh faces for the party. And we’re basically saying, ‘We’ve got to win here and that’s why we’re supporting Joe Biden,’” Klobuchar said Tuesday.
Asked to react to President Donald Trump’s impression that she and other Democrats were staging a “coup” against Sanders, Klobuchar said that none of them had even spoken to each other before endorsing Biden.
“We made the decision instead of a personal victory for ourselves, or a personal quest that this was about our country, and we need to beat Donald Trump and have someone with experience that can get things done in the White House,” she said.
Klobuchar said that she hasn’t spoken with Biden about possibly serving as his vice-presidential running mate.Klobuchar was among several women running for the nomination, including three of her fellow senators. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is the only female candidate remaining in the race.
Once it was reported Monday that the endorsements were coming for Biden, Sanders told reporters in Salt Lake City that there’s a “massive effort” trying to stop him from securing the nomination, saying that members of the political establishment are “really getting nervous.”
This comes as NBC News reported Monday that former President Barack Obama may be the quiet hand behind the movement of Democrats coalescing around Biden.
Obama spoke with his former vice president after he handily won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, and with Pete Buttigieg on Sunday when he dropped out of the Democratic race, according to people familiar with the calls.
People close to Obama said the former president has been keeping close tabs on the race. They said the signal has been sent in the past 36 hours that he sees Biden as the candidate to back, and they don’t need Obama to say it publicly or privately.
Rebecca Shabad is a congressional reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.